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community and one of the programs she has is dog socialization. >> we started this program for canine socialization. and all the dogs available for adoption get to play for two hours. and it's a time for them to get incredible exercise and play with other dogs and we have remedial socialization. and it's incredible the dogs and they get exercise and run and tumble and when most adopters come to look in the afternoon, they are quiet and settled. >> and i want come and someone sees a dog and loves it, it's quick. and after three weekends, i saw him and he connected and i
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connected and came back. >> what is your experience of working with the animals? >> unbelievable. from the guy that is came to the house and everyone here, they are friendly and knowledge believe and -- knowledgeable and they care about the animals. >> and it's a great place to visit and look at the animals and maybe fall in love and take one home. and look at our grooming program and volunteer program and many say, hey, this >> good afternoon, fellow commissioners, folks in the
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gallery. the date is august 10, 2010. it is 1:35 p.m. >> [roll call] i might note that commissioner ellis is excused from this afternoon's meeting. she is out of town. commissioner crowley: all right, 3. >> i might call your attention to approval of the minutes of july 13. commissioner moran requested modification of two -- actually, three places. on page 8 in paragraph two in the beginning of the middle, he requested minor clarification of the language here, and on page 9 at the bottom, it said it could be accepted without objection. >> i do not seem to have a copy of the minutes. commissioner crowley: i will give commissioner caen a moment
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to look at that. >> if you could entertain a motion. commissioner crowley: as amended by commissioner moran, entertain a motion to accept. it has been moved and seconded. all those on the question, please signify by saying aye. >> we had a speaker cards on this item. commissioner crowley: -- we had no speaker cards on this item. commissioner crowley: 90. we now open public comment. members of the public may address the commission on matters that are within the commission's jurisdiction but not on today's agenda.
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with that, i would encourage folks to come to the dais and state your position in no more than three minutes each. thank you. >> good afternoon. i work for the san francisco electrical construction industry, part of a labor- management cooperation committee here in san francisco looking out to preserve the electrical industry. i work. ibw local 6 -- i work with ibw local 6, electrical inspectors, and the fire department. i just wanted to talk about two items today, specifically a letter that was submitted from the office of labor standards enforcement concerning electrical work and solar jobs here in the city. it is an understatement to say there is a little bit of drama
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going on with some of the solar jobs in san francisco, but as an industry person, i would like to take this chance to get on the record as saying these are electricity producing solar panels, and it is in the best interests of everyone to have responsible contractors using trained electricians. every panel is an electricity- generating device, and these panels can generate upwards of 600 volts, which is extremely dangerous, so we are looking out for a person here. i have a packet of letters i submitted to the sfpuc regarding in city hall job. i have more copies if you need them. basically looking at the scope of work that is defined through the state, and i would be happy to answer any questions after my
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time. but we are in corroboration of the letter submitted from the sunset reservoir for the wage determination on these projects. i cannot get into jurisdictional issues. those are between contractors and labor unions, but legally, this work needs to be paid at a specific rate, and that is dictated by these factual documents. once again, the office of labor standards enforcement has, in our opinion, for our industry, done a great job objectively analyzing this type of work. also, on a lighter note, something we have been working on, too, -- something we've been working on to get rid of these issues, we have been working with the california solar energy industry association, which is the solar contractors association, so what we're doing
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is trying to get union and non- union contractors and labor forces to work together, creating green jobs for san franciscans and free apprenticeship programs. that is my three minutes. do you have any questions? commissioner crowley: colleagues? hearing and seeing none, thank you. next speaker, please. >> hello, commissioners. i am with a new national organization, the food rights network. i am here with my colleague. we are a national non-profit, non-partisan research and advocacy organization, and we are opposed to drawing any food and toxic sewage sludge, which
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is called, by the sewage sludge industry, by a solid and organic compost -- biosolids an organic compost. attached to the statement i meeting is a packet of information regarding our ongoing of instigation of the so-called organic/biosolids compost program, started by the puc staff with the sinegro corporation act in 2007. we have released publicly and nationally the results of new independent scientific testing by dr. robert c. hale for the food rights network. it was found that the sludge product, that the puc has given away free to bay area home and school gardens is contaminated with flame retardants. our attached news release, which
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you all have or will have quotes dr. michael hansen of consumers union, whose organization is one of the many calling upon san francisco to uphold the precautionary principles and permanently halt these sludging giveaway programs. almost a year has passed since the "san francisco chronicle" first reported on this major controversy. in the past year, and has grown to become an international issue. a major investigation by a journalist with the cbs affiliate here in san francisco, and a city hall protest led by the organic consumers association on march 3 and march 4 respectively forced the city to temporarily suspend the sludge giveaway program. previous complaints by the center for food safety and others that already forced the city to stop calling its toxic
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sludge organic, and thousands of citizens -- you can check your files -- have e-mailed, written, and called to officials asking that the sludge giveaway be permanently halted. it is unfortunate that you, the mayor's appointed commissioners, have so far failed to publicly take up this controversy. we, the food rights network, ask that you please do so in september, and we look forward to returning to testify at that time when we have more than the three minutes allotted today, so please, read the information in your packets. we will have additional information for you to consider in september when we hope to see this issue received a full public hearing. commissioner crowley: thank you. colleagues, and the questions? okay, next speaker, please. >> good afternoon, commission members. i live in the excelsior, and i
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am the president of the board for the non-profit skyline stable, located on the sides of the harry tracey water treatment plant, is a low-cost, cooperative stable where the horse owners to all the work themselves. our lease with the water department runs through 2014. our stable mix of a group of small barns that were built long ago by individual families. thanks to you, we have been quietly providing this recreational resource since the 1940's. the harry tracey long-term improvement project currently stresses to demolish our barnes and stables. the initial proposal for this project stated that if the seismic upgrades needed to land where our bonds are located, that we would be relocated. we do not oppose the project. we have only ever asked to preserve the current recreational use. in our association with sfpuc staff, we have run into the same problem. they want to break our lease and
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destroy our barnes. they say they have no obligation to be looking at us. we are running out of time, and we need your help. we are the only non-profits stable on the peninsula. the draft eir claims that we can be absorbed into surrounding stabling, but this is absolutely not true. all the other existing stables are more expensive, most of it well beyond the capability of our working class group of horse owners, and most of these places are already full. please remember that the san francisco general plan states, "public access should be provided by the san francisco water department two portions of its watershed lands, which have high recreational value, subject to restrictions required to protect water quality. we do not expect, nor are we asking to be located anywhere near vital water resources. we have of our own volition consulted a teacher and the author of a book "course keeping: a guide to land
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management for clean water." -- "course keeping -- "horse keeping." we would work with him on a design for a relocated stable that would have zero nutrients and sediment runoff, including regular monitoring of any runoff water. we are not trying to spend taxpayers' money, either. without any investment by the water department, we have been a revenue generator, providing rental incomes for over 60 years. if this ceqa fails us, it will also fail future generations. please do not let that happen. please guide the water department for finding s another spot. thank you for your time. commissioner crowley: thank you. colleagues? thank you very much. next speaker please. >> good afternoon, commissioners. san francisco green party in our
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city. just wanted to stand up as a local sustainability organizer to back up what john said about sewage sludge. i have followed this issue for a couple of decades now. the test that was done on your own sludge by your staff was large in scope and did not cover all the chemicals in these things, let alone the pharmaceuticals. not all of them, at any rate. some very dangerous chemicals were not even tested for, and the bottom line with sludges that once chemicals and solids are mixed together in a product like that, it is not possible -- you cannot get all the toxins out of the sludge. it is just physically not possible to do that. so it is crucial that we maintain the hold on this program and find other ways to deal with the sludge. by the way, not deep injection
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and not incineration. i heard those during the presentation at your last meeting, and those are also bad news. it will not be easy to deal with this stuff, but we need to get creative about it. the one thing i did not hear in a presentation last meeting that i brought up before is that we need to start developing lands to, just like we separate garbage, separate our sewage, said that the toxic water goes one way and the solids from human beings goes another direction. the only practical way to do that is with composting toilet and similar toilets. at this point, because of fannie mae and freddie mac, it is not possible to use supervisor mar and the mayor created, to put expenses for upgrades for efficiency on your house on your mortgage, so that means that we need to be more proactive and create a program, so i would urge you8k! to helpe
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the first steps to deal[é)@ñ this sludge problem and other waste problems like it, to include in your master plan for sewage system master plan, a pilot project for various types of composting and other similar types of toilets so that we can see what works, what is the to
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given away. if you would, when that whole process comes up for a final vote, include a good, comprehensive final project for any other public comment? next speaker please. >> thank you. my name is page thomas elliott. i'm from the center for food commission on the sewage sludge composting issue, and it still has not been formally answered, formal response to the petition, and since the issue will be on the agenda in wf additional comment then on the issue as well as provide additional statements, and we wanted to inform the commission that we will take all legal and policy actions going forward into the sewage sludge giveaway program has come to al program has come to al awthank you very much. >> commissioners, if i might -- one correction. there has been no decision to have this in september. commissioner crowley: thank you, general manager. any other public comment? seeing and hearing none,
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michael, next item please. >> next item, mr. president, communications. letter summary including the communications received since the last meeting on july>h 27, d the advance calendar of items of coming before the commission. there were two staff reports that were going to be submitted to this meeting that have been continued until the september meeting to allow more time for staff to vet tehm. commissionerm: crowley: thank y. colleagues, anything on communications 5a, b, and c? commissioner moran: on b, a couple of items that have not made it on the area, one of the things that came out of our discussion about community benefit was a request to look at jyour employment within communities of interest in san
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francisco. there is also an outstanding request for water supply unit costs for various water supply projects we have in the city. it was in there or not, it made the notation issue. we have talked about having a >hdiscussion in the fall about e budget prior to the preparation. within the advanced calendar, when it talked about the 10-year capital plan or financial plan and said the next one was in the fall and when you go down to the meetings in the fall, there is no specific reference. that may just be3 a budget and finance problem. several things that came out of the ssip level of service discussion that have not made it in the at -- one is technology policy.
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lxthe fourth is global warming impact?i on level of service. so those are things that i would just ask be put into the schedule. commissioner crowley: ok. michael, do you have those? >> i do. commissioner crowley: colleagues, anything else on communications a, b, or c? ok, since we moved the staff reports to the september meeting, any other questions? any public comment? ok, hearing and seeing none, next item, michael. >> other commission business. employee recognition. three distinguished retirees with a remarkable 40, 32, and 26
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years of public service, and i believe the general manager has a brief in coming and for each. >> thank you. once again, we are losing three of our cherished employees who collectively have almost 100 years of service to be puc and the city. it was interesting to read through some of the information because i think i have followed several of their footsteps since i have worked in the city. several of them started off or very early work in the controller's office and at various times have moved to the puc. the first of the arteries is john russo -- of the honorees is john russo. starting in 1970, it seems like just yesterday, doesn't it? thinking he was coming as a part-time employee working as a tabulation officer.
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if your call back then, the whole data center for the city was down there as part of the seismic upgrades to the building, we had to take the center out, but it has been there years, so john was working for the controller's office during that time. in 1983, he moved over to the puc where they built the data center and did all the processing. but that was the past, and now we are over at left 55 market street, and his temporary job and a commission after 40 years, so we want to thank john for the chance to serve. we will ask all of you to come up at the end. the next is cynthia clark,i7) oy 32 years. starting in 1978, again, the city's data processing group, which was a division of the controller's office, and then, the department of technology and
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information services. in 2004,]hó cynthia transferredo the puc and has been active in our licensing systems ever sinc, then. i appreciate that. last of days abel, probably the ñ 't is abel, idçprobably the most recognizable person in the puc, delivering the mail and doing everything we have asked him to do. again, you can always see his happy face going from floor to floor with decorative kinds of things he would carry with him as he moved through the building, so we are saying goodbye with a sad face. if you would all like to come up and take a picture, that would be great.
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>> [inaudible] [laughter]
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>> with that, colleagues, i think we have a -- [applause] i think that is 98 years. close to 100. >> it is a long time to serve the city, so we really do appreciate it. commissioner crowley: credit to the organization, the folks the service organization.
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i wish them all well and on behalf of my colleagues here. >> mr. president, the next item is item 7, report of the general manager. >> first official item of is the wsip program update. >> i'm sorry, i wanted to know the passing of ann schneider, who was our water ice councilperson for 20 years, and is a tremendous loss, not just to us, but the other people she worked with and the legal community in california general. she was a meticulous voice, and in the world of water rights, which can be my numbingly tedious, she had the stamina to put together a force -- which can be mind-numbingly tedious,
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she had the stamina to put together for us a body of water rights which will serve us long into the future. she was a fierce and effective advocate, somebody that you really wanted to have on your side, and on top of that, she was many other things. she was a long distance bicyclist, took trips over a range of mountain ranges and over distances that most of us just would not contemplate, climbed mountains on six continents as it turns out, was a member for several terms of the assembly association board. did work with them and some successor organizations on a pro bono basis. assets and resources at the national parks system, and very much respected within the california water community. she passed about a week ago, and she will be very much missed.
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thank you. commissioner crowley: michael, we put on our agenda a moment of silence? >> we will do that. commissioner crowley: all right, general manager. >> first small item is just to note that if you look up the street, the crane is up of 525 fulton gate, and that always feels like movement. first item is the wsip update from julie. >> good afternoon, commissioners. i'm pleased to be here today to share with you the highlights of the fourth quarter for fiscal year 2009-2010. this covers april four through july 1. what i will be presenting today does reflect the changes we have made to our quarterly report. i'm not sure if you had a
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chance to look at it since it was distributed. our goal, of course, is to give you a useful tool that will help you monitor our progress better, so i would very much welcome your feedback. this is something that will keep evolving and improving over time. i also want to thank my program controls manager who is here today. her and her team did an outstanding job trying to get this report in less time with a new format, so that is very much appreciated. i think you have received the revised copy of my presentation. we have made changes to it since it was included in your packet, so i would encourage you to follow along using a revised copy, instead of what is in your binder. starting with the status of our local projects, this is a new format here.